Bill Condon‘s WikiLeaks movie The Fifth Estate debuts in Toronto which kicks off today. The helmer will next turn to A Slight Trick Of The Mind, reteaming with his Gods And Monsters star Ian McKellen. McKellen will play a retired Sherlock Holmes who is haunted by a 50-year-old unsolved case. Based on a novel by Mitch Cullin, the screenplay is adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess). Icon UK’s production arm AI is financing and co-producing. BBC Films is also co-financing. Shooting gets underway in the UK next April. Anne Carey is producing via Archer Gray Productions. The King’s Speech producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films; Icon/AI Film’s Aviv Giladi; and Len Blavatnik, whose Access Industries owns the Icon UK group; and BBC Films’ Christine Langan are exec producing. FilmNation is handling international sales. Condon is repped by WME, Anonymous Content, Wayne Alexander and Robert Nau. McKellen is repped by Chris Andrews at CAA and Paul Lyon-Maris at Independent Talent Group.
Britain last night tuned into a sitcom in the same time slot that drama Broadchurch occupied for eight weeks until last Monday. Family Guy and Will & Grace exec producer Gary Janetti’s sitcom Vicious premiered at 9 PM drawing 5.7M …
MIPTV Briefs: Gary Janetti’s ‘Vicious’ Debuts; ‘Cybergeddon’ Does TV; Nordics, Latin America Hot On Formats
In yet another type of cross-border series – this one a sitcom – Family Guy and Will & Grace exec producer Gary Janetti’s Vicious premiered for buyers at Mip-TV last night. The six-part comedy stars veteran British thesps Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in quite a departure from the likes of X-Men and Shakespeare. The pair plays a constantly bickering, but ultimately loving couple who’ve lived together in a small London flat for nearly 50 years. Their young upstairs neighbor is played by Misfits‘ Iwan Rheon and their best friend by Frances de la Tour of the Harry Potter films. Shine Group’s Brown Eyed Boy produced the show in association with Kudos Film and TV and Nickelby Inc. for the UK’s ITV. In keeping with current hit UK sitcoms like Mrs. Brown’s Boys, it’s shot in front of a live studio audience. There’s no U.S. outlet yet, but a deal was just concluded with Australia’s Seven Network. In a big push, Brown Eyed Boy’s Gary Reich, who’s co-producing with Janetti, says ITV will start trailering the series in British moviehouses and in video ads in the London Underground before the primetime debut later this year.